Post # 1
Did you pay for your bridesmaid’s hair and make up? Or pick a stylist and give them the option to have it done if they want and have them pay?
I’ve been looking online and different stylists in my area and its seems hair is about $100/person and make up is about $70 per person. With 6 bridesmaids and 3 moms plus myself – this could add up. Does this seem like a reasonable price or should I keep “shopping”?
I have no idea what to even expect here. Help! Suggestions?
Post # 3
Mine charges $50 for hair and $50 for makeup for Bridesmaid or Best Man. I am paying for their hair because I would like it up. If they want their makeup done they can have it, but it’s not required. She charges $170 for hair and makeup for me. And the person I hired has tons of amazing reviews. So…it seems a little expensive to me. I’d keep looking.
Post # 4
I am paying for all 7 Bridesmaid or Best Man hair and makeup services, but each lady is buying her own dress (thank goodness). Each hair service is $90; each makeup service is $85 (for bridesmaid). So I think your fees are pretty average?
I didn’t want to make it such a “chore” to be a bridesmaid for me. Also, both mine and my man’s moms would probably want to do their own makeup and hair so that saves me a little bit.
Also, if you have some ladies who prefer to do their own makeup you can maybe deduct those?
Good luck! It’s super overwhelming at first, but it’ll get done!
Post # 5
We all did our own makeup together (I only had 3 bridesmaids). It was a fun and relaxing morning, and everyone looked beautiful. My SIL does hair so we each prepped our own hair and then she helped with the styling.
Post # 6
I am paying for their hair and makeup. Because I am paying for it all as one “package,” the salon is giving me a 15% discount. Something worth asking about.
If I wasn’t paying for it, I’d make it optional for them.
I’m also inviting my mom and FI’s mom and paying for their hair and makeup as well. I want it to be a “girls’ morning” at the salon.
Post # 7
@sarg88: I posted a similar question to this earlier. I asked if $120 was too much to have them pay for hair and makeup. The overwelming response is that if you require them to have it done then you should pay for it. If you give them the option to have it done then you do not have to. Although I agree with the point many ladies made I think it really comes down to the social norm for where you live. All the weddings I have been in I never would expect them to pay for my hair to be done… and thats what the girls in my bridal party said to me. When I have been in a wedding I guess I just assume that is part of my expense to be in the wedding. That is standard for the weddings I have been in, but I relize this may not be the case for all parties. I basically decided to present gettign hair and makeup done as an option to my girls saying i do want similar styles. They all have decided to get both done.
Post # 8
@sarg88: See if you can get a discount for booking yourself and all your bridesmaids or if there is a package deal. It may be cheaper if it can be “all on one bill”. Also, try looking for an artist that is a free-agent.
I have a free-agent make-up artist that works out of her home and also does make-up on location without the additional travel fee cost. I’ve found her cost to be much cheaper than those who work out of a salon. Those from salons also charge a travel fee.
My artist gave me a discount, or package deal, for booking my Maid/Matron of Honor, sister and MOB. They are costing me about $100 each for both hair and airbrush make-up. My hair and airbrush make-up is $120. I did have to pay for a make-up and hair trial which ran me the full $120 but, I got my make-up trial on the day of engagment shots so, that was perfect. Also, all together it was still cheaper than the salon prices.
Maybe you can ask your girls to split the cost with you? I’m paying because it’s for my 2 little sisters and my Mom. Best of luck on your search!
Post # 9
I wanted them all to get their hair professionally done, so I am paying for their hair. I gave them the option to do their makeup themselves or pay for it themselves.
Post # 10
I gave my girls the option of using my hair and makeup lady. If they didn’t want to pay, then they didn’t have to use her. Two of my BMs did their own, which came out just fine. I paid for my sister (MOH)’s and my mom’s hair and makeup. My hair/makeup person offered me a great price of $100 for each girl total for hair AND makeup. I snatched that up since all the other companies I called wanted way more. My hair and makeup cost $300.
Post # 11
The price seems pretty reasonable, but you might be able to get a bit lower (maybe $150 for both hair and makeup for BMs). As others have mentioned, you may be able to find a freelance artist willing to give a package deal or discount (especially if you’re paying cash). Negotiate…the worse they can say is no. Unless you have extra in your budget, I think it is acceptable to offer the services to your bridal party and give them the option if they would like to pay to have it done.